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On Sponsoring CodeMash 2016…
Jan 6th, 2016 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

This year, I chose to sponsor the Artemis simulator at CodeMash.  A lot of people were wondering why I did this, so I wanted to put this out there.

Why sponsor a tech conference when you aren’t hiring someone or looking for work?

This site isn’t about me – it’s about the community.  When I saw sponsorship opportunity, I saw that as community promotion opportunity.  Whenever I’m thinking of Cleveland Tech Events, I’m thinking of the community and what I can do to help gain us visibility and help us grow.

What types of community promotion will we see by the Artemis simulator?

I found some of the bigger events for some of our local tech communities and chose to promote those.  Those events are:

Knowing CodeMash’s audience, I also included a list of groups and technologies in the area, including:

Developers

  • Ruby
  • Python
  • CocoaHeads
  • Unity
  • Android
  • .NET

Data

  • Ohio North SQL Server User Group
  • R
  • Hadoop

Makers

  • Syn/HAK
  • Make on the Lake
  • Cleveland Makers Alliance

Security

  • B-Sides Cleveland
  • NEOISF
  • OWASP

I also included links to Gaming Nomads (my friends who bring the Artemis simulator, games, and even some awesome chainmail pieces), our calendar, and the Cleveland Tech Slack channels.

You can download the PDF of my sponsorship signs here.

Why CodeMash?

I’ve been at CodeMash in varying roles – attendee, speaker selection, speaker, and sponsor – throughout the years.  I’m also friends with the organizers – fellow developer community members – and more happy when I can sponsor their events. CodeMash is the greatest conference in our local area to promote our community – not only to fellow Clevelanders and Akronites, but also to other communities throughout the US and the world.  If other communities see what we do, then hopefully they’ll be inspired to unite like us and be strong and awesome like us!

How does a site like this afford a sponsorship?

Cleveland Tech Events is financially tied to Cleveland Tech Consulting, LLC.

How can we get you to promote our events in future sponsorships?

Reach out to me on Twitter with links to your events or even calls for speakers!  I’m on Twitter as @clevtechevents and also as @sadukie.

Happy CodeMashing!

Global Game Jam – January 29-31, 2016
Dec 30th, 2015 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

Are you into (or even curious about) game development?  If so, you need to check out the Global Game Jam happening on January 29-31, 2016!

What is Global Game Jam?

Taken from the Global Game Jam site:

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2015, we had over 500 locations in 78 countries create 5439 games in one weekend! GGJ 2016 is January 29-31 at a location near you… if not you can make one of your own. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.

The Cleveland Game Developers group will be hosting a local event at Shaker Launch House.  Check out their Meetup for more details!

SQL Saturday 473 – February 6, 2016
Dec 28th, 2015 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

Ohio North SQL Server User Group and the local SQL community is organizing SQL Saturday #473, which will be at Hyland Software on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

What is SQL Saturday?

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

How can I learn more?

Check out the SQL Saturday #473 website!

Introducing the NodeSchool Cleveland Meetup
Aug 19th, 2015 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

I’ve added another Meetup ICS feed to our events calendar.  Introducing NodeSchool Cleveland…

Come to these workshops to learn Node.JS and work through challenges with a group. Node.js is a JavaScript runtime for server applications. Node.js provides an event-driven architecture and a non-blocking I/O API that optimizes an application’s throughput and scalability. NodeSchool is an interactive workshop run through the command line and a text editor on your laptop. Come learn with us!

Check them out on Meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/NodeSchool-Cleveland/

Hello Akron.io! – A new tech resource in Akron
Aug 21st, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

I am beyond thrilled to announce that there’s a new tech resource down in Akron – http://akron.io.  My dear friend Jonathan Knapp is coordinating the efforts in bringing the tech community together down there.  From weekly emails to discussion groups, a library of books and an assortment of events, Akron.io is the place for Akron techies!

Check out their Hello Akron.io Tackk for more details!

Akron Software Developers Guild Reboot
Aug 7th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friend Jerry D’Antonio….

As the summer winds to a close it’s time to ramp up the Guild’s activities again. It’s also a good time to perform an agile retrospective, talk about what’s worked well, reflect on where we have new opportunities, and reboot the group.

We’d love to form a small group of dedicated meetup organizers to actively manage the group. Anyone interested in being a co-organizer is welcome.

If you are interested in being involved but can’t attend the meeting please feel free to reach out to me over Twitter. You can find me at @jerrydantonio.

-Jerry

Check out their meetup event for more details!

Introducing… Akron Women in Tech
Jul 7th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

Are you a woman interested in learning to code? Are you a woman who loves to code but wants to learn more or interested in mentoring other women? Akron Women in Tech wants you to join our community of women and friends who are interested in learning to code websites and mobile applications. No experience required. We are looking for learners, teachers, mentors, and tech enthusiasts.

For more details, see http://www.meetup.com/Akron-Women-In-Tech/

 

Talking Tech Over Breakfast!
Jun 26th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

Calling all techies!  If you’re ever finding yourself wanting to get together to talk tech over breakfast, know that you aren’t alone.  In fact, there are at least 2 groups that are doing tech breakfasts. Check them out!

Akron Tech Breakfast

Organized by the Akron/Canton web meetup, a bunch of techies meet for breakfast on Tuesday mornings.  You can find out more about the when/where here: http://www.meetup.com/akroncantonweb/events/153975982/

Cleveland Tech Breakfast

Organized by the Cleveland JavaScript Meetup, a bunch of techies meet for breakfast on Wednesday mornings.  You can find out more about the when/where here: http://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-JavaScript-Meetup/

Others?

Know of any other groups meeting for breakfast?  Let us know on Twitter as @clevtechevents or drop me an email at admin at this domain!

New contributors to the Cleveland Tech Events site!
May 28th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

After spending many years maintaining this site by myself, I’ve reached out to the community to see if others were interested in helping with the site.  I received a few responses, and I’ve finally created accounts for them.  Look forward to more news from the community straight from the members of the community.

If you want to be a contributor, ping me at admin at this site’s domain!

Site Update – New Requirements for Calendar Entries – Effective July 2013
Jun 18th, 2013 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

It takes a lot of time to add an individual group’s events to the calendar, time that I need to dedicate elsewhere.  So here’s the situation, effective July 2013 for existing groups and effective immediately for groups who aren’t already listed on the site:

  • If your group has an iCal feed – be it through Meetup or otherwise – then I probably have you on the calendar and automatically populating.  If I don’t have your iCal feed, please email me at admin at this domain and I’ll get you on the calendar.
  • If you do not have an iCal feed and meet at a consistent pattern (for example – 1st Tuesday of the month), then I’ll set up a recurring event with a link to your group’s site for more details.
  • If you need to link to a specific site for registration (such as Eventbrite) for each event, you will need to designate someone in your group to maintain each entry.
  • If you do not meet at a consistent pattern and cannot be setup as a recurring event, then you will need to designate someone in your group to add your events to the calendar.

While I enjoy providing this site as a community resource, it has become a bit more time consuming for just 1 person to manage, and as such, I need to set these guidelines in place.

 

If you have any feedback on this, please email me at admin at this domain and I will respond.  As many people can tell you, I do read your emails and take your feedback into consideration.  I’ve acted on a lot of the feedback that has come in.  And I will continue to do what I can to support the tech community here!  As always, thank you for your support!

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